2012 Central Arkansas Bears football team

The 2012 Central Arkansas Bears football team represented the University of Central Arkansas in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bears were led by 13th year head coach Clint Conque and played their home games at Estes Stadium. They were a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 9–3, 6–1 in Southland play to share the conference championship with Sam Houston State. Due to their victory over Sam Houston State, the Bears received the Southland's automatic bid into the FCS Playoffs where they lost in the second round to Georgia Southern.

2012 Central Arkansas Bears football
Central Arkansas Athletics wordmark.svg
Southland co-champion
FCS Playoffs Second Round, L 16–24 vs. Georgia Southern
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 8
FCS CoachesNo. 8
2012 record9–3 (6–1 Southland)
Head coachClint Conque (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrooks Hollingsworth
Defensive coordinatorMatt Williamson
Home stadiumEstes Stadium
(Capacity: 8,700)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Sam Houston State +^   6 1         11 4  
#8 Central Arkansas +^   6 1         9 3  
Southeastern Louisiana   5 2         5 6  
McNeese State   4 3         7 4  
Stephen F. Austin   4 3         5 6  
Northwestern State   2 5         4 7  
Lamar   1 6         4 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of Final Standings; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

MediaEdit

All Central Arkansas games can be listened to on KHLR 106.7 FM and are streamed online through the station's website.

ScheduleEdit

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 PMat Ole Miss*No. 24CSS PPVL 27–4950,544
September 86:00 PMat Murray State*No. 25OVC Digital NetworkW 42–209,848
September 156:00 PMBacone*W 70–39,079
September 223:00 PMNo. 3 Sam Houston StateNo. 25
  • Estes Stadium
  • Conway, AR
SLC TVW 24–2110,157
September 296:00 PMat Stephen F. AustinNo. 16L 37–427,324
October 66:00 PMNicholls StateNo. 24
  • Estes Stadium
  • Conway, AR
W 34–144,357
October 137:00 PMat No. 19 McNeese StateNo. 21W 27–2612,913
October 206:00 PMLamarNo. 19
  • Estes Stadium
  • Conway, AR
W 24–149,374
October 277:00 PMat Southeastern LouisianaNo. 14Southeastern ChannelW 34–146,795
November 37:00 PMNorthwestern StateNo. 14
  • Estes Stadium
  • Conway, AR
SLC TVW 35–1411,579
November 175:00 PMNo. 24 Eastern Illinois*No. 10
  • Estes Stadium
  • Conway, AR
W 48–306,754
December 11:00 PMat No. 6 Georgia Southern*No. 8
ESPN3L 16–248,888

Game summariesEdit

Ole MissEdit

#24 Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
1 234Total
#24 Bears 7 1307 27
Rebels 14 01421 49
Sources:

Murray StateEdit

#25 Central Arkansas at Murray State
1 234Total
#25 Bears 14 1477 42
Racers 0 1370 20
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Roy Stewart Stadium
    Murray, KY
  • Game start: 6:00 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 9,848
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), Mostly clear, winds 5-10mph
  • Referee: Matt Young
  • TV announcers (OVC Digital Network): Neal Bradley and Paul Bubb
Sources:

Bacone CollegeEdit

Bacone College at Central Arkansas
1 234Total
Warriors 0 300 3
• Bears 21 21217 70
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 6:00 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 9,079
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
Sources:

#3 Sam Houston StateEdit

The 7th meeting between the Bearkats and the Bears will provide one team with the series lead. Currently the two are 3-3 in head-to-head matches with the Bears having won the first 3 matches and the Bearkats having won the past 3.[2]

#3 Sam Houston State at #25 Central Arkansas
1 234Total
#3 Bearkats 10 0010 20
#25 Bears 0 7314 24
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 3:05 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 10,157
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • TV announcers (SLC TV): Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, & Erin Cofiell
Sources:

Stephen F. AustinEdit

The Bears look to build on last years win and build upon the 4-2 record they have against the Lumberjacks. However, the Lumberjacks have recent history on their side, having won the 2009 and 2010 matches.[3]

#16 Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin
1 234Total
#16 Bears 21 079 37
Lumberjacks 15 2007 42
Sources:

Nicholls StateEdit

The Bears have never lost to the Colonels at home, owning a 3-0 record and a 4-2 series lead overall. The Bears have also won 3 straight in the series and 4 of the last 5 games.[4]

Nicholls State at #24 Central Arkansas
1 234Total
Colonels 7 600 13
#24 Bears 7 6147 34
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 6:37 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:45
  • Game attendance: 4,357
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), Overcast and Rainy
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
  • TV announcers (UCA Gameday): Justin Acri
Sources:

McNeese StateEdit

The Bears own a 3-3 record against the Cowboys. However, they have won two games in a row and 3 of the last 4 to even the series.[5]

#21 Central Arkansas at #19 McNeese State
1 234Total
#21 Bears 7 3017 27
#19 Cowboys 3 9014 26
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Cowboy Stadium
    Lake Charles, LA
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 12,913
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds SSE 17mph
  • Referee: Alan Eck
  • TV announcers (UCA Gameday): Justin Acri
Sources:

LamarEdit

The Cardinals head to Conway, Arkansas for the second match against their SLC rival, the Bears. Currently Central Arkansas leads the series 1-0.[6]

Lamar at #19 Central Arkansas
1 234Total
Cardinals 0 077 14
#19 Bears 0 1707 24
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 6:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:35
  • Game attendance: 9,374
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
  • TV announcers (UCA Gameday): Justin Acri
Sources:

Southeastern LouisianaEdit

The team the Bears have had the most success against in the SLC is the Lions. The Bears own a 4-1 series advantage and have won two straight as they head into this 2012 contest.[7]

Central Arkansas at Southeastern Louisiana
1 234Total
Bears 7 7713 34
Lions 0 0140 14
Sources:

Northwestern StateEdit

SLC play ends with the match against the Demons. The rivalry has been unexpectedly close, with the Bears hold a 3-2 series advantage. After winning in 2011, the Bears hope to make it two consecutive wins.[8]

Northwestern State at Central Arkansas
1 234Total
Demons 7 700 14
Bears 14 1470 35
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 11,579
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C)
  • Referee: Ken Ray
  • TV announcers (SLC TV): Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, and Brooke Bentley
Sources:

Eastern IllinoisEdit

Eastern Illinois at Central Arkansas
1 234Total
Panthers 7 1607 30
Bears 10 141014 48
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 5:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 6,754
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
  • TV announcers (UCA Gameday): Justin Acri
Sources:

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
Sports Network 24 25 RV 25 16 24 21 19 14 13 14 10 8 8 
Coaches 19 20 20 21 14 20 17 17 14 13 13 10 8 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Central Arkansas announces 2012 football schedule". Arkansas Online. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Sam Houston State All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Stephen F. Austin All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  4. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Nicholls State All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  5. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. McNeese State All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  6. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Lamar All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  7. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Southeastern Louisiana All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  8. ^ "Central Arkansas vs. Northwestern State All-time results". College Football reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.